Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

CFA Supports Food Changes


Canadian Federation of Agricultural supports Safe Food for Canadians Act.



Our federal government is getting some support in proposed changes to the food safety system.

The Safe Food for Canadians Act includes more food traceability and would look to technology to streamline food inspection.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture supports the proposal.

President Ron Bonnett says they are already working on a food traceability program.

And he says the act should help boost confidence in Canada's food products.


A new survey shows farmers want an increased investment in wheat breeding.

The Western Grains Research Foundation says 65 per cent of producers surveyed agree that increased funding is important to overall wheat profits.

They want to see research to improve disease, pest resistance management and the development of higher yielding crop varieties.

The group's survey also shows 84 per cent of farmers support an increase in public wheat breeding -- only 68 per cent favour private breeding.


We are awaiting the Canadian acreage estimates for canola.

Stats Canada will release the figures at the end of the month.

In the meantime, canola values will continue to be supported by tight soybean supplies.

Tight oilseed stocks were confirmed in the USDA's latest supply-demand report.


The Canadian Wheat Board is applauding our federal government's work toward reaching a free trade deal with Japan.

The board says Japan is a crucial market for high-quality wheat and barley from Western Canada.

Last year, Japan was the board's biggest buyer of wheat, durum and barley -- worth more than a half billion dollars.


And farmers in Saskatchewan have planted nearly all their crops for the season.

The government's crop report says 96 per cent of crops are now seeded.




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